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Javascript (jQuery) fill dropdown after textbox input

Posted on 2010-08-14
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Hello guys,

I'm trying to figure out how to populate a combobox AFTER I've insert something in the textbox. My goal is to, enter an artist in the textbox, and then the combobox should be filled with albums of that artist. The artists/albums are already excisting in a database.

Btw, I'm using jQuery. Hope you guys can help me out with some example scripts.
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Question by:Serellyn
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by:KiasChaos83
ID: 33438542
Hi there,

<input id="txtArtist" type="textbox" />
<select id="ddlAlbums">
</select>

<script>
$("#txtArtist").change(function() { UpdateDropDown(); });

function UpdateDropDown() {
//the below is just an example list, but you would need to substitute your own
var optionArray = {
      "Value1" : "Album Text 1",
      "Value2" : "Album Text 2",
      "Value3" : "Album Text 3"
};
// Use true if you want to select added options
$("#ddlAlbums").addOption(optionArray, false);
}
</script>
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by:Serellyn
ID: 33438562
Right now I've got this
<input id="artistname" name="artistname" type="text" value="" class="sText"/>
<select id="select_albumname" class="sSelect"></select>

      $("input#artistname").change(function() {
            UpdateDropDown();
      });

      function UpdateDropDown() {
            var optionArray = {
                  "Value1" : "Album Text 1",
                  "Value2" : "Album Text 2",
                  "Value3" : "Album Text 3"
            };
            // Use true if you want to select added options
            $("select#select_albumname").addOption(optionArray, false);
      }

But it doesn't work yet
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KiasChaos83 earned 500 total points
ID: 33438624
My bad, this is tested so should work..


<input id="artistname" name="artistname" type="text" value="" class="sText"/>
<select id="select_albumname" class="sSelect"></select>

<script>
	$("input#artistname").change(function() { 
		UpdateDropDown($(this).val());
    });

      function UpdateDropDown(artist) {
			var $ddl = $("select#select_albumname");

			$ddl.find('option').remove();
			
			$.each(GetAlbumList(artist), function(val, txt) {
				$ddl.append($("<option></option>").attr("value", val).text(txt));
			});
      }
	  
	  function GetAlbumList(artist) {
		//do your own code to get the album list
		var optionArray = {
			"Value1" : artist + " - Album Text 1",
			"Value2" : artist + " - Album Text 2",
			"Value3" : artist + " - Album Text 3"
		};
		return optionArray;
	  }
</script>

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by:Serellyn
ID: 33438639
Thanks, works like a charm
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